Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the beginning of summer, and if you're planning a fun weekend getaway, you're not alone. There will be millions of drivers on the road this weekend and all of them will be eager to get to their destination. Everyone wants to make good time during travel, but it's more important to be safe and prepared for anything. Keep these tips in mind this weekend and your drive should go smoothly, safely, and hopefully quickly!
- Make sure your car is in tip top shape. If you'll be traveling a long distance, get an oil change, make sure you have enough windshield washer fluid, make sure all of your headlights and blinkers are working properly, and make sure your tires have enough air in them.
- Be prepared. Holiday travel can be very stressful, there are tons of other people on the road and anything can happen. Make sure you're prepared by keeping an emergency kit in your car. It should include first aid, a flashlight with extra batteries, equipment to change a flat tire, water and food such as granola bars, a fire extinguisher, reflective cones, jumper cables, duct tape, and a blanket.
- Plan your route. Make sure you know how often you will need to stop for gas and bathroom breaks, and map out potential rest stops and gas stations where this would be possible. It's also a good idea to download traffic apps as many of them will tell you where these things are along your route. You also want to make sure your auto insurance is up to date and that you have all of the proper coverages you need.
- Get an E-ZPass transponder. This will make your life much easier when it comes to tolls, you can just quickly pass through the toll without having to stop which will definitely save you some time compared to those drivers without an E-ZPass.
- Obey the law. Make sure everyone in your car is wearing their seat belt and that you're obeying all posted speed limits. The other thing that we want to stress is to avoid distracted driving at all costs. This can be extremely dangerous not only for yourself but for other drivers as well, so if your phone is going off or you need directions, ask the person in the passenger seat to do it and avoid getting yourself a hefty ticket. Police officers will be out in full force this weekend so make sure you're obeying the law. Nothing like getting a ticket to start your weekend off on the wrong foot.
- Use a designated driver. If you plan on drinking this is a no-brainer. Technically the legal limit is a blood-alcohol level under .08. Drunk driving tends to increase over the holiday weekend, and as we said police will be out in full-force looking for drivers endangering themselves and others. We want everyone to have an enjoyable weekend, but we want them to do it responsibly.
This weekend is sure to be full of family, friends, food, and fun in the sun! Enjoy the weekend but make sure you're prepared for anything and most of all drive responsibly!
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